ANAHEIM, Calif. – Three people were stabbed and 13 arrested after a “walking protest” involving Ku Klux Klan members turned violent in Anaheim Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A KKK event was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Pearson Park, located at 400 North Harbour, Anaheim Anaheim police said in a Facebook post. Police later received information about a group planning to protest the planned walk, prompting them to issue a traffic advisory between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., KTLA reported.
While the event was expected to be attended by a small number of people representing the infamous white supremacist group, several dozen protesters showed up to the park by 11 a.m., according to the Times.
Around noon, police escorted several men, who were wearing black garb with Confederate flag patches, around the edge of the park, according to the Times. Later, things started to turn violent when witnesses observed some counter-protesters kicking a man with a shirt that read “Grand Dragon,” according to the newspaper.
A fight broke out between one KKK member and a counter-protester, who dropped to ground with a stab wound, the Times reported.
The Klansman, in handcuffs, was overheard telling police that “he stabbed him in self-defense,” according to the Times.
Multiple witnesses told a Times reporter that the victim was stabbed with a flagpole, but they were unsure if it was an American or Confederate flag.
Another two people were stabbed, one of which was in critical condition, authorities told the Times.
Thirteen people were arrested connected to the violent incident, the newspaper reported.
“While controversial,” the demonstrations “are protected by the First Amendment,” police wrote in the Facebook post.